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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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He said the government and Eucalan had recently agreed on a 10-page document which includes an item that the PKK lay down its weapons as part of an inclusive solution to the country's decades-long Kurdish problem.
UNRWA said reconstruction work in the first section of the camp during Ramadan was slow and not as expected, urging the firm responsible for the reconstruction to "lay down a detailed action plan after Eid al-Fitr to compensate for the slow work."
Or we can lay down our possessions to make provision for the poor.
Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi said that the terrorist organization PKK would leave Iraq if it did not lay down arms.
A day earlier, Niger state television had broadcast comments by Alambo, translated from the Tuareg Tamasheq language, which included a pledge to lay down weapons and join Gaddafi's mediation process.
Jose and I lay down on a blanket under a tree, waiting for the food."
(And no "layed" at all--ever--despite that nonword's popularity.) So it is always wrong to say we "laid down" yesterday when we mean that we rested or reclined or lay down yesterday.
Jesus laid down his life for us; so we too should lay down our lives, I will not say for him, but for ourselves and also, surely, for those who will be helped by the example of our martyrdom.
Its proposal would also lay down requirements for cabin crews, regarding age, medical fitness, training and certificates of professional competence.
"There is no greater love than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends." He exemplified this love himself by dying on the cross for the sins of the world.
They were marching off to war to lay down their lives for their country but, more important, they were laying down their lives for their friends.