Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan has won the praise of a Los Angeles judge after completing her community service sentence ahead of the court-ordered deadline.
The Mean Girls star, who returned from a vacation in Hawaii on Tuesday night (13Dec11), appeared in court on Wednesday morning (14Dec11) for a progress report hearing, relating to her recent conviction for a probation violation - and she was given top marks for her efforts.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner was impressed to learn that Lohan had completed her 12 days of community service at the Los Angeles County Morgue early and had taken five therapy sessions instead of the four she had been ordered to do.
Judge Sautner told the star, "Miss Lohan, you have actually done your work."
Lohan was ordered to complete 120 hours of community service and undergo counselling following a necklace theft conviction earlier this year (11), when she was already on probation for a 2007 Dui incident.
Last month (Nov11), Judge Sautner chastised the actress for failing to show up for the community work and for skipping her therapy appointments, and sentenced her to 30 days in jail for breaking the terms of her probation.
She also warned that she would issue a warrant for Lohan's arrest and throw her behind bars for an additional 270 days if she did not complete a certain number of hours by her hearing on Wednesday.
Lohan served less than five hours in jail in early November (11) and promptly got to work on her other punishments.
The actress is due to return to court next month (Jan12) for another progress hearing. She has until 29 March (12) to fulfil all of her probation requirements.