Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is relative to amendments to pleadings in civil proceedings, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Chapter 231 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 51, as appearing in the 1986 Official Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 51. In all civil proceedings, the court may at any time, allow amendments adding a party, discontinuing as to a party or changing the form of the action, and may allow any other amendment in matter of form or substance in any process, pleading or proceeding, which may enable the plaintiff to sustain the action for the cause or for recovery for the injury for which the action was intended to be brought, or enable the defendant to make a legal defense. Any amendment allowed pursuant to this section or pursuant to the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure shall relate to the original pleading.
SECTION 2. This act shall apply to all actions pending as of its effective date, as well as all actions commenced on or after its effective date.