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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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IN John Chapter 10, Jesus refers to himself as the good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep - unlike the hired-hand.
Washington, July 12 (ANI): The United States has ruled out any negotiations with the Taliban until it lays down arms and severe all its ties with Al-Qaeda.
Complete Knitting: Techniques & Projects" from the 'Home Arts' series by Creative Homeowner Press is an ideal knitting project instructional workbook that is spiral bound inside a covered spine so that it lays down open and flat for the convenience of the knitter.