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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We work out of the Scriptures and have the parish invite a person to be a lay witness after the talk.
His astounding achievements through his perseverance and commitment to his celebrated career have made him a great fit for Hublot -- we will lay witness to greatness tomorrow.
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).
Rule 701 allows opinions or inferences from a lay witness if they are "(a) rationally based on the perception of the witness, (b) helpful to a clear understanding of the witness' testimony or the determination of a fact in issue, and (c) not based on scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge within the scope of Rule 702.
From "A Revolution in Reverse" by Colleen Carroll Campbell, Lay Witness Magazine, November/December 2007
In response, the supreme court discarded the "opinion witness" rule and adopted a pretrial disclosure requirement based on the classification of a trial witness as a lay witness, independent expert, or controlled expert.
1 (2004) (allowing use of lay witness to authenticate testator's signature).