It was back to court on Monday for all parties involved in the custody/conservatorship case of Britney Spears. The recovering pop singer herself was a no show however, despite the urging of her court appointed attorney, Sam Ingham.
"I have spoken to my client and she’s been inconsistent with her position to attend these hearings," Ingham said on Monday. "The last word I got today was that she was not coming. I would categorize her as unwilling to appear."
Despite her failure to show up to court, the commissioner did agree to grant Brit’s father and co-conservator, Jamie Spears, the authority to issue his daughter a debit/credit card, permitting Britney to spend up to $1,500 of her own money per week — the idea being to enable the former pop star to "enjoy herself and have some freedom of choice," said attorney for the conservators, Geraldine Wyle of Luce-Forward.
Commissioner Goetz also heard two reports today regarding Britney’s mental condition. OK! has confirmed that Sam Ingham gave an oral report on her medical and mental health along with a court appointed physician who submitted a written report.
Sam Ingham was also granted "extended powers" over Brit’s trust.
Commissioner Goetz granted the conservatorship attorneys the amount of $25,000 a month to pay a new lawyer in Miami to handle Britney’s reported legal issues there (she is reportedly having Jive Records audited because she thinks they owe her back pay).
All in all, it was a relatively positive day in court, and despite Britney’s refusal to show (partly due to her disapproval of Ingham as her attorney) commissioner Goetz said, "even though it is clear that Ms. Spears is aware of these hearings and chose not to appear, I am holding this hearing as it is neccessary in her absence to prevent harm to her."
Britney must remain in California until the next conservatorship hearing on July 31, on which date the judge will decide whether or not to extend or dissolve the temporary conservatorship.
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