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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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In fistulotomy, the entire tract from the internal opening to the external opening was laid open and haemostasis was achieved.
For patients of group A the track was laid open and curettage was done to remove the mucosa / granulation tissue lining the track.
Because of high and complex nature of the fistulous tract, a part of the fistula was laid open and the remaining was kept on a seton, allowing the fibrosis to heal the tract.
The "TexCar" a Mercedes-Benz E-Class model that was rebuilt so that nearly all of the textiles used in its manufacture were laid open is highlighted at the show.
Mr Cooke said the force would look at its estate for savings - and laid open the idea of downsizing some police stations or sharing facilities with other authorities.
man pra cr His second coming was immediately laid open to ridicule when he gave a carcrash radio interview in which he pronounced the names of players wrongly and even referred to former managing director Derek Llambias as "Derek Lambisi.
If the opening installation had a kind of stunning clarity in the vast areas it laid open to view and in its brilliant contrasts of black and white, the three drawings in the second room were muddier and murkier.
The tragedy has laid open the modus operandi of those who launder vast sums of black money by putting it into illegal construction.
Mick says: "A Labour council weakened by people voting Independent is a council that is laid open to savage Tory cuts without any resistance.
Broad laid open the New Zealand middle order in the first innings by dismissing first test century-maker Rutherford (23) and Ross Taylor (0) before stumps on Friday, leaving the hosts 66-3 overnight.
Oksana's horrible story laid open the hardness and heartlessness that is part and parcel of today's Ukrainian society," Chalupa
This week, we've laid open our pages to the creative writing of students in grades 1 through 5.