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Nonprofessional, such as a lay witness who is not a recognized expert in the area that is the subject of the person's testimony. That which relates to persons or entities not clerical or ecclesiastical; a person not in ecclesiastical orders. To present the formal declarations by the parties of their respective claims and defenses in pleadings. A share of the profits of a fishing or Whaling voyage, allotted to the officers and seamen, in the nature of wages.

See: deposit, place, profane, rest

LAY, English law. That which relates to persons or things not ecclesiastical. In the United States the people are not, by law, divided, as in England, into ecclesiastical and lay. The law makes no distinction between them.

TO LAY, pleading. To state or to allege. The place from whence a jury are to be summoned, is called the venue, and the allegation in the declaration, of the place where the jury is to be summoned, is in technical language, said to lay the venue. 3 Steph. Com. 574; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 2826.

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Everton physio Mike Rathbone said that Rooney was "very unwell" and expected to be laid low for "five or six days".
Elsewhere, another hapless citizen of the same ill-fated town has apparently been laid low by a falling vinyl banquette.
Brazil's cacao capital, laid low by a bitter harvest, bounces back with computers.
The American Littoral Society and New York/New Jersey Baykeeper work together trying to preserve what's left of a natural environment laid low by dredging, filling and construction.
And it's outrageous that when you're laid low with the flu, you've got to get a written letter from your doctor if you're gone three days or more.
Then Whittaker was laid low by a flu-like virus, which left him too weak to climb.
Tough guy Sylvester Stallone has been laid low on the set of his new film.
John Wayne Bobbitt has apparently been hoisted high and laid low to pay for our macho sins, and by his martyrdom sexual justice will be done on earth as it is in.
On-loan defender Clayton McDonald was laid low with the virus this week, while boss Chris Hutchings and leftback Netan Sansara were both suffering with a case of the sniffles on Thursday.
Robb incurred the wrath of his missus in Dubai by slogging it out but on reporting back for pre-season was soon laid low by the virus.
Laid low initially by difficulties in borrowing money, its problems might seem small by comparison to those that have befallen other banks.
She was a once-fit swimming pool lifeguard laid low by inherited cystic fibrosis.