Amanda Bynes Not Fit For Trial, Attorney Claims

By Alyssa Toomey
|  Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013  |  Updated 12:21 PM PDT
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Amanda Bynes arrives at the 19th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008.

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It may be a while before we see Amanda Bynes.

The troubled actress was supposed to appear in court Tuesday for her DUI case stemming from her April 2012 arrest when she hit a police car with her BMW, but did not appear as scheduled.

Her attorney Richard Hutton tells E! News he made a technical request to the court today to raise doubts regarding Bynes' mental capacity, claiming the 27-year-old star cannot fully comprehend the legal proceedings.

Hutton says the judge would then refer the case to the mental health court, although the case remains criminal in the interim.

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"The mental health court will examine Bynes and determine her competency to stand trial," Hutton told E! News.

In August, Bynes' parents were granted a temporary conservatorship over their daughter, who the judge said lacked the capacity to give "informed consent" for medical treatment. She was placed on a temporary psychiatric hold on July 22 after apparently setting a small fire in the driveway of a home near her parents' house.

At her doctor's request, her hospitalization was extended on Aug. 8 for another 30 days.

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According to the Byneses' attorney, Tamar Armanak, Amanda is currently at UCLA Medical Center after transferring from Hillmont Psychiatric Center in Ventura, Calif., at the end of August.

A permanent conservatorship hearing is scheduled to take place on Sept. 30. Amanda's court-appointed public defender previously said that Bynes "does oppose a conservatorship."

The actress's next court date in her DUI case is set for Jan. 7.

--Reporting by Claudia Rosenbaum

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