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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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The Some Like It Hot star was laid to rest there in 1962 after her death at the age of 36.
The bodies of 51 of the people of Kefraya and al-Foua'a who had also been killed in the terrorist bombing in al-Rashidin were laid to rest on Tuesday in Aleppo city.
There is no greater honor for me than to be laid to rest beside my mother and father,' he told reporters in Davao City when he visited his family's mausoleum on All Saints' Day.
Cllr John Wynn Jones, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Environment added: "It is very sad to think that well over 200 people have been laid to rest in the common grave in Llanbeblig Cemetery, some of them as recent as the early 1960s.
Abdullah Al Hamoudi was laid to rest in Al Tuwaieen area after a funeral prayer which was attended by Major General Saif Musabah Al Musafri, Chief of Operations, at the GHQ of the UAE Armed Forces, senior officers and citizens.
The wreath has been especially commissioned for the event and will be laid to rest for the six nights while travelling the United Kingdom.
Jean's body has been laid to rest at Westburn Cemetery in Cambuslang.
30am service, he will be laid to rest in the Kirk graveyard.
FILM director Tony Scott will be laid to rest by his close family at a memorial service this weekend, it has been announced.
METROCENTRE boss Tim Lamb was laid to rest by his family and friends yesterday.
The Welsh actor, best known for his role as Agent Wayne Rigsby, took on a part in the film Laid To Rest while also shooting the latest series of the hit crime show.
Summary: BENGHAZI (Cihan) -Slain Young Libyan's death body was laid to rest by anti-Gaddaifi mutineers in Benghazi city of Libya.