California Court Releases Amanda Bynes from Conservatorship after Nearly 9 Years

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In 2013, actress Amanda Bynes was placed under conservatorship as she struggled with substance abuse, leading to highly publicized erratic behavior and multiple arrests. 

Last month, Bynes filed to terminate her conservatorship with the help of her lawyer David A. Esquibias, who stated, “She believes her condition is improved and protection of the court is no longer necessary.”

A California judge officially terminated her conservatorship on Tuesday, thus releasing her from her parents’ full legal control.

Bynes’ filing to terminate her conservatorship went through quickly and easily partly due to the full support of her parents, Lynn and Rick Bynes.

“Lynn is so proud of Amanda and the progress she has made and looks forward to having a mother-daughter relationship with Amanda outside of the conservatorship,” the parents’ lawyer, Tamar Arminak, told EW in a statement.

Judge Roger L. Lund also congratulated Bynes during the hearing in Ventura County Superior Court, saying that Bynes had “done everything the court has asked over a long period of time,” according to The New York Times. 

The official termination followed a tentative ruling on Monday stating that “the court determines that the conservatorship is no longer required and that grounds for establishment of a conservatorship of the person no longer exist.”

“Following today’s decision by the judge to terminate my conservatorship, I would like to thank my fans for their love and well wishes during this time. I would also like to thank my lawyer and my parents for their support over the last nine years,” Bynes told PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. “In the last several years, I have been working hard to improve my health so that I can live and work independently, and I will continue to prioritize my well-being in this next chapter.”

The actress told Paper magazine in 2018 that she had been sober for four years, as she thanked her parents for helping her “get back on track.”