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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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Rangers already have, McLeish laying down strict guidelines.
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.
TO many people the practice of laying down wine conjures up a picture of venerable dust-covered bottles worth hundreds of pounds each, stacked in endless rows along the walls of huge underground cellars.
Their research indicates that cigarette-smoke extract can modify low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) -- the so-called "bad" lipoproteins--enhancing their role in the laying down of artery-clogging plaque.
A ceremony for laying down arms was held at Laida Auditorium in Hub town where Provincial Minister for Information Technology and Environment Prince Ahmed Ali and Frontier Corps' (FC) Major Zia welcomed Ferrari's war-skipping decision.
ISLAMABAD -- The residents of Chashma Town, New Sohan have appealed to the Chief Commissioner Islamabad Zulfiqar Haider to spur up the contractors working on laying down sewerage line in the area, as slow pace of work has hampered daily routine of the inhabitants of the locality.
He said that Jawans of security forces have foiled the evil designs of terrorists by laying down their lives and safeguarded national assets through their courage and bravery.
There are a number of obstacles preventing the PKK from laying down its arms.
ISLAMABAD, March 20, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Rs 200 million project of laying down of water supply lines in various sectors of the federal capital has started.