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Lindsay Lohan praised for community service work

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For once, Lindsay Lohan’s experience in court was a pleasant one. The actress appeared at L.A. Superior Court Wednesday morning in front of Judge Stephanie Sautner for a progress hearing regarding her court-ordered community service work. The verdict? Lohan — who spent the past week in headlines for her Playboy spread — might just be turning over a new leaf.

“You have actually done the work,” Sautner told the actress. “And done it not only on time, but early.” Lohan had been ordered to complete 12 days of community service at the L.A. County morgue and four psychotherapy sessions.

But her work is hardly done: The actress must complete 12 more days of community service and four more days of therapy before her Jan. 17 progress hearing. And, unfortunately for the actress, she must attend the hearing, despite any future good behavior. Otherwise, according to Sautner, “she won’t complete anything. I’d like to believe she would, but I think she likes to come here and see me … I think that’s a motivation for her.”

Sautner also addressed confusion regarding Lohan’s ability to travel outside of the state. Though the judge had previously told the actress she could only leave California for work reasons, Sautner informed the court that Lohan — who recently took a trip to Hawaii — can leave anytime she wants, so long as her 12 days are completed.

The court will see if Lohan’s progress continues come Jan. 17 — she must meet with the court on Feb. 15 and March 29 before the actress is completely off the hook for probation violation. As Sautner said, “You’re doing well, and I’d like to see it continue, okay?”

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