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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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Those of us who sat through the session saw the tension between local and national government laid open.
The Fukushima prefectural government laid open Monday how it tests local rice for radioactive substances, showing to the media the cropping of sample plants for preliminary tests on brown rice at a paddy field in the town of Tanagura.
Our family life has been scrutinised and laid open for everyone to inspect and comment upon.
It was laid open like a little trap-door, about 1/2-inch thick.
The companies are eager to get a slice of cake from the vast investment opportunities laid open in the economic city.
It is possible that the landlord will take the case to the Supreme Court for a final ruling, but if not, the way is laid open (if the financial risks involved merit it) to circumvent the traditional restrictions in leases of commercial property governing assignments.
He''s not lifted a finger this summer tos relieve the sorrow, and so, before BBC's all-seeing eye, Geordie pride will once again be laid open to abuse.
Beautifully illustrated with full-color photography, "A Dash Of Aloha" has a spiral binding enabling it to be laid open on a kitchen counter, and features healthy eating tips from the American Heart Association, food nutrition and seasonality charts, as well as exercise and lifestyle advice.
Robin Dickin laid open his heart when returning to the winner's enclosure after a six-month absence with the hard-fought success of Ilongue in a low-grade staying handicap chase for novices.
A soft cover cookbook for children with a spiral binding that allows for the book to be laid open and flat upon a kitchen counter or table, "Let The Kids Cook!" is a compilation of thoroughly 'kid friendly' recipes ranging from Stuffed Mushroom Caps with Deviled Crab; Corn Chowder with Diced Tomatoes; Volcanic Salad with Dijon Shallot Vinagrette; and Mouth Watering Meatloaf; to "Creamy Pot Luck Vegetable Casserole; Iced Banana Cake; and Old Fashioned Lemonade.
High-security sites in Wales are being laid open to terrorist attack by web programmes like Google Earth, military experts have warned.
The package was flattened beginning at the sealed end and the edges were cut, allowing the wrapper to be laid open. This left the sealed ends in the middle of the test piece.