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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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Most of us are not asked to lay down our life, but what we can do is try to lay aside our petty selfcentredness by trying to be more understanding of others, more compassionate, more caring, more patient, more respectful of other people's views, and try to do acts of kindness whenever we can.
"We categorically lay aside any rights we may have over them."
It has been a rule of Christianity from the beginning that everyone who attends Mass or Holy Communion must come in peace and lay aside any disputes or grievances.
For like the first disciples whom Jesus called and those who came after them through their proclamation and the work of the Holy Spirit, we are enabled by Jesus' calling to lay aside our old understandings of human purpose and to follow after Jesus with renewed vocation.
JURORS in the trial of former Sky Blues striker Lee Hughes have been urged to lay aside all emotion and judge him on the facts alone.
It must also be remembered--as George Washington himself observed--that, "When we took up the soldier, we did not lay aside the citizen." In addition to the above roles, officers retain the responsibility all Americans share, to provide feedback to the government through the political process--and this end is also served by a War College education that prepares them to evaluate strategic decisions at the highest levels.
18, 1-8) God's Spirit is summoning our faith community to lay aside the structural sin of discrimination and to welcome women to the fullness of ministry.
At the start it would have to be Mario, a onetime altar boy who proposes turning back only to lay aside his invective -- however momentarily -- in (fairly arbitrary) consideration of God's existence.
Should we simply lay aside "abstract" notions of freedom and democracy in the pursuit of the Hong Kong dollar?
Siniora urged Hizbullah to lay aside its belligerency and bellicosity since it happens to the only party in possession of guns in the country.
A total 67% of the households had been able to lay aside some money and 81% believed they would be able to do so next year.