SECTION 1. Section 3A of Chapter 185 of the General Laws is hereby amended by deleting the fourth paragraph in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the following:
Notwithstanding any other general or special law to the contrary, any action not commenced in the permit session and not claiming a valid right to a jury trial, but within the jurisdiction of the permit session as provided in this section, shall be transferred to the permit session upon the filing by any party of a notice demonstrating compliance with the jurisdictional requirements of this section filed with the court where the action was originally commenced with a copy to the permit session, both within 30 days after the date of service of the complaint. Such notice of transfer shall be signed pursuant to Rule 11 of the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure, shall contain a short and plain statement of (1) the grounds for permit session jurisdiction and (2) the absence of a valid claim for a jury trial. Copies of all process, pleadings, and orders appearing in the case file as of the filing of the notice of transfer shall be attached to the copy of the notice given to the permit session. The party filing the notice of transfer shall within seven days send a copy of the notice by certified mail to all other parties and file with both the court where the action was originally commenced and the permit session an affidavit that such copy was sent to all other parties. Upon the filing of such notice of transfer with the court where the action was originally commenced, all times for filing responsive pleadings shall be automatically extended for 30 days, and the court where the action was originally commenced shall proceed no further with the action unless and until the case is remanded to it. There shall be a presumption against more than one transfer of a case between any departments of the trial court. If a party to an action transferred to the permit session claims a valid right to a jury trial, then the action shall be remanded to the court where the action was originally commenced for a jury trial.
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