Amanda Bynes remains in a California hospital on Friday, after her parents requested a judge to extend her psychiatric hold .
But in a separate hearing, her parents’ request to take legal control of the troubled actress’ affairs was delayed, as Ventura County Superior Court Judge Glen M. Reiser said that since Bynes was currently under a 14-day hold, an emergency decision about a conservatorship wasn’t necessary.
Reiser instead set a new hearing for August 9 to determine who will control Bynes’ affairs. The judge said that he hoped the actress would be present in court on that date, along with her appointed attorney, Mary Shea.
“I need to have a dialogue with [Bynes] to gauge the propriety of a conservatorship to move forward,” Reiser said. “There are issues of liberty and property.”
Bynes was placed in an involuntary psychiatric hold by California sheriff’s deputies on Monday, following a bizarre incident in which she set a small fire in a stranger’s driveway. Her parents, Rick and Lynn Bynes, had initially requested a conservatorship over her affairs because they feared she’d be released after her 72-hour 5150 hold expired on Thursday.
According to reports, the actress’ parents have had limited access to their daughter in the hospital, as their attorney, Tamar Arminak, told the judge the facility denied their request to give Bynes formal notice of their conservatorshop application.
“My clients only want the best for their daughter,” Arminak told People magazine. “They love her very much.”
Their request for conservatorship is similar to a legal maneuver Britney Spears’ father enacted in 2008, during a difficult stretch in the pop singer’s life. At the August 9 hearing, a judge will decide who controls her financial and personal affairs. An initial conservatorship would only be for 30 days, though if probable cause is found to renew it, the conservatorship could be extended for a year and renewed on an annual basis.