Amanda Bynes unfit to stand trial, her lawyer says
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Former child star Amanda Bynes reportedly did not attend a scheduled court hearing in Los Angeles Tuesday with her lawyer, who told the judge that the actress, currently under psychiatric hold, is mentally unfit to stand trial.
TMZ.com reported that the judge then transferred the matter to a mental health court, which will conduct a hearing to determine Bynes' competency. The hearing related to Bynes' arrest on DUI charges in West Hollywood on April 6, 2012.
A woman who answered the phone at the office of Bynes' Pasadena, Calif., attorney, Richard A. Hutton, told Newsday, "We have no comments on that" in response to a request to speak with Hutton to confirm details.
Bynes, 27 -- a former star of Nickelodeon's "All That" and "The Amanda Show" who went on to appear in films -- has been involuntarily hospitalized since July 22 after setting a small fire and behaving bizarrely in the driveway of a house in suburban Thousand Oaks. Police who responded had her placed in a 72-hour psychiatric hold in a nearby Ventura hospital.
Doctors extended this to two weeks, and then an additional 30 days. On Aug. 9, a court granted her mother, Lynn Bynes, temporary conservatorship through Monday.
In May, Bynes was arrested in Manhattan and charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, as well as reckless endangerment and attempted tampering with physical evidence after allegedly tossing a bong out the window of her 36th-floor apartment. She attended a brief hearing on July 9, and her next scheduled Manhattan court appearance was set for Thursday.