lay witness

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Related to lay witness: character witness, expert witness
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Noun1.lay witness - any witness who does not testify as an expert witnesslay witness - any witness who does not testify as an expert witness
witness - (law) a person who testifies under oath in a court of law
expert witness - a witness who has knowledge not normally possessed by the average person concerning the topic that he is to testify about
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1-125-1) (7 pages) (two counts of armed assault with intent to murder, aggravated assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and various firearms charges; defendants claim that he was not criminally responsible because of a mental disease or defect; defendants argument that the judge abused his discretion by allowing a lay witness to give expert opinion testimony, and that the prosecutor made statements in his closing argument that shifted the burden of proof to the defense) (No.
Expert and lay witness testimony is often presented at trial by written statement, affidavit or report.
I've just lay witness to my first supernatural experience and I'm elated, not scared.
smiles, I lay witness, hand her the towel and lie down on the floor.
Also in February 2006 something strange was happening on the streets of Cardiff, as it lay witness to the filming on the second series of Doctor Who, since it returned to our screens the previous year.
We work out of the Scriptures and have the parish invite a person to be a lay witness after the talk.
On a more serious note, the amount of geopolitical discord around the world at present is stunning, as Thailand, Vietnam, Korea and other major electronics manufacturing hubs lay witness to a rise in nationalism and severe handwringing over how to address foreign pressure.
But the lay witness, in saying that someone appeared to be hurrying, or nervous, or male, or tall, or drunk, (105) is offering an opinion about what, based on the witness's own perceived facts, might be inferred from those facts.
3) Unlike other lay witness testimony, police-generated testimony (4) in criminal cases is often rendered unreliable by suggestive or coercive police conduct or by police incentives to lie.
This handbook contains 70 model examinations to show trial lawyers how to deal with practical evidentiary issues in such areas as direct, cross-examination and redirect, depositions and interrogatories, documents, demonstrative and real evidence, opinions of the lay witness or expert, prior inconsistent statement, and others.
Lay witness to yet another Arabic 24/7 television news channel to enter the high-stakes game of international broadcasting in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena).