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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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Focusing on the religious background of Brahms and unraveling his patriotic belief system, Beller-McKenna offers us not only a refreshing reconflguration of Johannes Brahms by laying open his private political and social views, but also a work that echoes the recent trend of religious preoccupation so characteristic of our time.
In fact, during my visits to the fleet, it is rare for me to enter a space and not see a copy laying open on a workbench or table, or meet a Sailor who hasn't seen the latest edition.
With Prince Charles again taking positive steps and so laying open his own reputation.