lay witness
lay witness see witness

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

lay witness
n.
A witness who is not an expert in the field on which he or she is called to testify; see also expert

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


lay witness
A witness who is not an expert. Lay witnesses may not offer opinions, unless they are based on firsthand knowledge or help to clarify testimony.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

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