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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Hands up if you have been laid low by a cold/flu/sore throat yet.
Those laid low have now been isolated at the Lakin Road site.
THE trial of John McCracken at Hove Crown Court was yesterday adjourned until Monday after prosecutor Annabel Maxwell-Scott was again laid low by illness, writes Graham Green.
Chronic shoulder and back pains are conditions that see many people laid low with little other than pain management on offer from the NHS.
It fell to Clement Attlee, Prime Minister of less than one month's standing, to tell the British people on the night of August 14-15 1945, that victory had been secured over Japan and that 'the last of our enemies is laid low'.
Ruud van Nistelrooy serves part two of a three-match domestic ban, while Mikael Silvestre has been laid low by a virus.
Wbo world featherweight champion Scott Harrison has been forced to postpone his September title defence after being laid low by food poisoning.
The Sarsfields clubman was laid low before the league started when he was forced to have surgery on a cancerous growth which proved successful.
Can it be just coincidence that his country's performances have been poorer while he's been laid low by injury?
EX-BAYWATCH hunk David Hasselhoff was laid low - by an allergic reaction to painkillers.
UTV's 'Mr Cool' gave an admirable performance in front of the cameras when Gerry was laid low with the 'flu on Friday night.
'Tis the season to be merry, especially if you've managed to avoid catching a cold or the flu while those around you have been laid low by the winter crud.