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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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"However due to its location next to the shops, the lay-by was regularly blocked by parked vehicles, meaning buses had to wait in the nearside lane of Marton Road while passengers - including the elderly and mobility impaired - attempted to cross the layby.
"The residual bus stop markings within the lay-by will be removed in due course by Middlesbrough Council's Streetscene service."
The trust's study, co-funded by the Highways Agency surveyed lay-bys along two busy holiday routes leading to south and south west England resorts, the 303 and the A34.
But work on completing the bus lay-by has come to a halt - because Yorkshire Water has a 14-week waiting list for works.
Officers have acted following complaints from local people and pub regulars that up to a dozen cars can be seen in the lay-by at night.
But the council says the old lay-by was frequently blocked which meant modern buses for the disabled, which unload from the rear rather than the side, were having to set down passengers further along the road in New Union Street.
A new lay-by will be built in the village centre - despite objections.
HOLIDAYMAKERS heading for popular UK tourist destinations were today warned to take care in "deadly" lay-bys.