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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 soap actor, who played layabout Les Battersby, appeared in the dock at Mold Crown Court yesterday a week earlier than expected.
The actor's TV alter-ego, drunken layabout Frank Gallagher, is usually found collapsed at the bar or floundering in the gutter in the Channel 4 drama.
Fed-up Cilla, played by Wendi Peters, is topping up her tan on a sunbed when layabout Les pops the question.
The layabout has been backed off the boards with some firms to get his marching orders ahead of tonight's eviction duel with new outright favourite Alex.
Because, yeah, when Mike wasn't trading the use of his orifices for drugs or petty cash, he was just one more manic-depressive layabout.
THE STORY Trust fund billionaire layabout Arthur Bach (Brand) loves his indulgent life, watched over by his longtime nanny Lillian Hobson (Mirren).
He had been plagued by health problems since joining the Street 21 years ago, but always recovered to continue to appear as layabout Stan.
Jones, who plays layabout Les Battersby, was asked to stay away from filming on the ITV1 show while the claims are investigated.
Russell as the billionaire layabout Brand as billionaire Loved-up.
A recently promoted Mark is eager to splash his new-found cash on a boiler and a new sofa, which he lovingly nicknames "The Creamy Elephant", while trying to get perpetual layabout Jeremy a job.
Immigrants on benefits and the house you can't afford The layabout on benefits who smokes and drinks all day and then wants the NHS to bail him out Public servants on gold plated pensions you don't aspire to .
But defiant supporters vowed to carry on fundraising and yesterday enlisted the help of former Coronation Street star Bruce Jones, who played layabout Les Battersby.