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Judge to Lohan: 'You're on the home stretch'

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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) - A Los Angeles Superior Court judge told Lindsay Lohan she was "on the home stretch" Wednesday, as the troubled actress received glowing marks in her penultimate probation progress hearing.

The former Disney star reported the completion of an intensive program that mixes community service and psychotherapy in order to successfully avoid jail time from Judge Stephanie Sautner.

"You seem to be getting your life back on track, and that's what we all hoped for," the judge said to Lohan.

Lohan showed up to the brief hearing on time, and according to TMZ, her court attire included a Roland Mouret trench coat and Acne dress. The pastel green dress was accented by large-rimmed classes and snakeskin pumps.

Dina Lohan, the starlet's mother, trailed Lindsay in an all-black ensemble, which included a jacket and bell-bottom pants.

The actress now has one important court date remaining on her calendar: March 29. If she completes 14 more days of community service and five more psychotherapy sessions by that fourth progress hearing, her supervised probation will convert to non-reporting probation.

"March 29, if you successfully complete everything that's been asked of you, the Beverly Hills case will go bye-bye," Sautner said, referring to a 2007 drunken driving incident.

While Lohan's probation in a separate misdemeanor necklace theft case will remain, it will be informal. In the words of Sautner, all Lohan will have to do is "obey laws, stay out of trouble and move on with your life."

Wednesday marked a trio of court victories for Lohan, whose road to progress was halted in November when she admitted to violating her probation in two separate criminal cases. Sautner gave the starlet jail time and placed her on the strict monthly schedule.

Things turned around Dec. 14 when an overjoyed Lohan was praised by Sautner for completing her community service early and for attending five psychotherapy sessions - one more than the court had ordered for her first report.

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

The good news continued in January and February as Lohan received favorable reports from her probation officer.

Lohan herself has told friends that Sautner's no-nonsense policy saved her career, according to TMZ.

The entertainment news group has reported that Lohan's lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, worked privately with Sautner to create a "more rigid structure" for the actress.

And now, the actress' career is on the mend. Lohan is close to inking a contract to play Elizabeth Taylor in a forthcoming Lifetime movie, according to media reports. She will also host Saturday Night Live for a fourth time on March 3.

On Tuesday, Lohan replied to a Twitter user who said the actress was his "childhood crush."

"omg! really? that's so cool hahaha thank you xoxo - sorry for the ups and downs... only going up up up from here!" she wrote.


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