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Sunday 20 April 2014

Amanda Bynes' mother denied conservatorship

Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes won't have to legally answer to her mother, Lynn Bynes, for now as a judge hearing her case does not want to rush putting the actress under a conservatorship.

The 27-year-old tabloid star is under an involuntary psychiatric hold after torching an elderly woman's driveway in Thousands Oaks, California on Monday night.

Amanda's parents, Rick, 68, and Lynn, 66, are said to be extremely concerned for their daughter's well-being.

Lynn reportedly filed a motion at the Ventura County Superior Courthouse in Oxnard, California to be appointed temporary conservator over Amanda's personal and financial affairs.

A closed hearing was held on the matter Friday morning.

According to People magazine, Ventura County Superior Court Judge Glen M. Reiser ruled against the matriarch.

The magistrate said there is no rush to instate a conservatorship as Amanda's psychiatric hold was just extended from the standard 72 hours to a full two weeks, according to the outlet.

"I need to have a dialogue with [the actress] to gauge the propriety of a conservatorship to move forward," Judge Reiser said. "There are issues of liberty and property."

A new hearing on the matter is scheduled for August 9.

Reiser said he hopes Amanda will be present and expects a report from her doctors and a recommendation from her court-appointed attorney, Mary Shea.

TMZ meanwhile reports Amanda is fighting the forced hospitalisation. Her lawyer reportedly filed a motion Thursday to have her released.

A hearing on that matter is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Amanda has other court dates scheduled through the fall.

She faces a driving under the influence offence in California stemming from an incident in April 2012 in which she rammed a police vehicle. A judge earlier this month granted Amanda a continuance as her lawyers work on a plea deal.

A hearing in that case is scheduled for August 22.

Amanda is also scheduled to attend a hearing in New York on September 26 to face charges of reckless endangerment, attempted tampering with evidence and unlawful possession of marijuana after she was accused of throwing a bong out of her apartment window in front of police.

She is also fighting a charge of driving on a suspended license following a separate arrest in her home state of California in September 2012.

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