Friday, July 26, 2013

Judge extends Amanda Bynes' psychiatric hold for two more weeks, conservatorship hearing set for Friday

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As had been expected, on Thursday a judge approved the request by medical professionals to extend Amanda Bynes' psychiatric hold for another two weeks. Bynes was placed on a 5150 hold after an incident on Monday in which she set a fire in a randomly picked elderly woman's driveway (among other things).

A 5150 hold normally lasts for 72 hours.

A 5150 hold, according to Wikipedia, is as follows:
Section 5150 is a section of the California Welfare and Institutions Code (specifically, the Lanterman–Petris–Short Act or "LPS") which allows a qualified officer or clinician to involuntarily confine a person deemed to have a mental disorder that makes them a danger to him- or herself, and/or others and/or gravely disabled.

A qualified officer, which includes any California peace officer, as well as any specifically designated county clinician, can request the confinement after signing a written declaration. When used as a term, 5150 (pronounced "fifty-one-fifty") can informally refer to the person being confined or to the declaration itself, or colloquially as a verb}, as in "Someone was 5150'd."
In addition, Amanda Bynes’ parents have filed court documents asking a California judge to impose a conservatorship on their daughter due to her bizarre behavior and apparent mental illness. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Friday.

That conservatorship is temporary, but if it is granted, soruces say that Bynes' parents will immediately petition the court to make the conservatorship PERMANENT (a la Britney Spears). At that point, the judge would set a date for a court hearing and appoint a lawyer to represent Bynes.

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