Amanda Bynes' lawyer says she is mentally unfit to stand trial

25 September 2013 / 3 years 3 weeks ago

Amanda Bynes' lawyer Rich Hutton says she is mentally unfit to stand trial for DUI charges, stemming from her arrest in April 2012, and the case has now been moved to the mental health court in Los Angeles.

Amanda Bynes is mentally unfit to stand trial.

The 'Easy A' actress is currently receiving treatment in a psychiatric hospital in Los Angeles after being placed under an involuntary hold on July 22.

She failed to appear in court to face Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charges, stemming from her arrest in West Hollywood in April 2012, on Tuesday (24.09.13).

Her lawyer, Rich Hutton, told the judge that she does not have the mental capacity to understand the case.

A source told gossip website that after the 27-year-old star's lawyer clarified her current status, the judge transferred the matter to the mental health court.

Another judge will conduct a hearing to determine Amanda's mental competency.

It was recently reported that the 'What I Like About You' star could leave her mental health facility in early November and will then be placed in the care of her mother, Lynn Bynes.

Her mother secured a temporary conservatorship over her shortly after she was placed in hospital by police, who arrested her after she started a small fire outside a stranger's home.

An insider previously said: "Amanda has made significant improvements, she is doing better than she was.

"There are no drug problems involved, it's all mental. She has deep anger and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), which tripped a psychotic episode.

"She is very ill, but manageable. Amanda genuinely wants to get better and has wanted to get better for some time."

The actress' PTSD allegedly stems from the pressure she has felt since carving out a successful career in Hollywood as a child star on Nickelodeon.

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