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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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Brad Coultes of Lay of the Land said, "Our goal is to educate the community on how to get the best results for all their property improvement projects at any budget.
The Lay of the Land Conference, at which the 2014 "Market Report" will be unveiled, is held annually.
He begins to fill that void by offering commentary on the trilogy completed in 2006 with The Lay of the Land.
Those organising the meeting between Mr Medvedev and the executives like Mr Janahi said it would provide foreign businesspeople with an opportunity to get a better lay of the land following Mr Medvedev's move to the Kremlin.
VILLAGERS can find out more about the lay of the land at a meeting next week.
Nobody's perfect, and that's the cliche that comes to mind when thinking about Ford's character: Frank Bascombe, hero of the trilogy comprising The Sportswriter (1986), Independence Day (1995), and, late last year, The Lay of the Land.
Part of what makes The Lay of the Land so dazzling is the way in which Ford repeats certain motifs from the earlier novels, and expands them, and the way certain events, places and characters echo or comment upon those that have come before.
Ever since 1992, Mikulski, who calls herself "Coach Barb," has held workshops to teach all new women senators, regardless of party affiliation, the lay of the land.
No stranger to the nation's capital, International Franchise Association Chairman Lawrence "Doc" Cohen nevertheless felt the need to get a closer look at the lay of the land between 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and Capitol Hill where he'll lead a charge of franchising-community activists coming to Washington, D.
The teacher showed us how maps record not only the lay of the land, but the human experience on it.
When I put this in perspective with the fact that the widely varied vegetation of the area (which also affected deer movement) grew where it did because of the terrain, I got an even greater appreciation for the importance of the lay of the land.
This updated second edition includes over twenty new locations and clear details on what's provided, what to bring, and the lay of the land.