Judge ends the legal guardianship that was imposed on Amanda Bynes for almost nine years


Amanda Bynes.

Amanda Bynes.

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The legal guardianship of Amanda Bynes came to an end after almost nine years.

Bynes rose to fame as a child actress on Nickelodeon鈥檚 鈥淎ll That鈥 in the 1990s, and went on to star in a series of successful films in the early 2000s.

Guardianship is no longer necessary or required and, Thus, termination request is granted鈥, said this Tuesday morning the judge Roger L. Lund in the Superior Court of California, according to various media reports.

A California court first ordered that Bynes be placed in a conservatorship (a legal arrangement typically reserved for the elderly, infirm or disabled) in 2013, after erratic public behavior and a series of arrests. Over the years, his parents oversaw his life, taking control of medical and mental health decisions and, for a time, his finances.

The guardianship system has come under intense scrutiny in the past year, after Britney Spears condemn her own as abusive and accuse her father and others of exploiting her and trying to cash in on her wealth and stardom. A judge agreed to end Spears鈥 conservatorship in November.

The termination of Bynes鈥 conservatorship was filed by David A. Esquibias, the former actress鈥檚 attorney, in late February and received the full support of her parents, Lynn and Rick Bynes. You skipped, presented her case as an example of how a guardianship could be effective in rehabilitating a person while allowing a certain degree of autonomy.

Bynes gained fame as a young cast member on All That, Nickelodeon鈥檚 Saturday Night Live-style show, before headlining her own comedy show, The Amanda Show. She later had roles in conventional romantic comedies, such as A Girl in Distress and They Say About Me.

A series of run-ins with the law in 2012 and 2013 attracted intense media coverage, as was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, hit and runin addition to possession of marijuana. The actress was involuntarily held in a psychiatric hospital in 2013 after setting a small fire outside a home in Thousand Oaks, California, and was later ordered a temporary conservatorship.

Bynes studies at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and lives in an apartment community for women 鈥減repared to transition to a self-contained lifestyle,鈥 according to court documents filed last month requesting the termination of her contract. his guardianship.

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