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Lohan praised for completing probation requirements early

Lindsay Lohan is represented by attorney Shawn Chapman Holley, left. (Source: CNN) Lindsay Lohan is represented by attorney Shawn Chapman Holley, left. (Source: CNN)

LOS ANGELES (RNN) - An overjoyed Lindsay Lohan was praised by a Los Angeles judge Wednesday for successfully meeting her probation requirements stemming from two separate criminal cases.

"Ms. Lohan, you have actually done your work, and done it not only on time, but early," Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner said.

Not only did the former Disney star complete her work early at the county morgue, she attended five psychotherapy sessions - one more than the court had ordered.

"Early" was the word of the day, with Lohan arriving 10 minutes early for her 10 a.m. PT appearance in Sautner's courtroom, according to media reports. The actress was clad in a muted button-up cardigan and brown suit pants, which were accented by conservative earrings and heels.

In November, Sautner gave Lohan jail time and a strict probation schedule after she admitted to violating her probation in a misdemeanor necklace theft case and a 2007 drunken driving incident. Lohan ultimately served just five hours of a 30-day sentence, according to the Associated Press.

On Wednesday, the judge challenged Lohan to end her monthly court appearances, which are scheduled through March.

"Do more days a month, and then we can end this in February possibly," the judge said. "The morgue seems to be pleased - as pleaded as a morgue can be."

If Sautner's schedule is adhered to, Lohan's probation will convert to non-reporting probation on March 29.

That wasn't the only incentive Sautner gave Lohan during her very brief court appearance. If the starlet continues to finish her service early, she can leave the state for pleasure, as long as she notifies her probation officer.

"In any month in which you finish your 12 days early … you may then travel," Sautner said.

Unless this occurs, Lohan may only leave the state for family events.

The starlet returned from a trip to Hawaii to celebrate her sister Ali's birthday just hours before she was due in court, according to the Associated Press. The trip had caused confusion over Lohan's travel restrictions.

Lohan, who had her platinum blonde hair pulled back in a simple pony tail, appeared to be on the verge of tears of joy throughout the hearing, even once grasping her face in her hands. 

The actress must now complete another round of 12 community service days and four therapy sessions before her next court appearance in January. 

"You're doing well, and I'd like to see it continue," Sautner said.

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