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Bynes ‘competent for DUI trial’

Amanda Bynes is reportedly fit enough mentally to move forward with her DUI criminal case.

The 27-year-old former child actress has been in the care of mental health professionals since July after she was placed under an involuntary psychiatric hold.

Amanda faces charges of driving under the influence, but in September her lawyer asked that the criminal case be postponed while she sought help.

And now TMZ reports the DUI trial will commence shortly, as the star is considered to be healthy enough to face proceedings.

“Amanda's case was in Mental Health Court this AM, and the judge read the court-ordered medical evaluation of the actress, and determined she is now competent to face the DUI charges,” the website writes.

“Amanda's lawyer, Rich Hutton, did not object to the findings so the criminal case -- which was put on hold -- will now go forward.”

According to the outlet it is likely Amanda’s case won’t make it to court, as she will probably agree to a plea bargain. She was taken into custody under the suspicion of driving while intoxicated after sideswiping a police car in West Hollywood, California on April 6, 2012.

The starlet remains under the mental health conservatorship of her mother Lynn. This means Lynn will make decisions on behalf of the actress until she is well enough to have control over her life again.

It is rumoured Amanda, who reportedly suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, will be released from her treatment facility as early as Christmas.

Amanda was placed under a 5150 hold after she started a fire in a residential driveway in Thousand Oaks, California. It was the latest in a string of bizarre incidents, including the actress getting arrested after apparently throwing a bong out of a New York City apartment window.

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