Wow! Judge Praises Lindsay Lohan for Community Service Work

Judge Stephanie Sautner commends the actress for completing a portion of her community service at the L.A. County morgue early

Don't look now, but Lindsay Lohan actually did something a judge liked! (And no, we're not talking about her Playboy photos.) The actress attended a court hearing Wednesday morning with Judge Stephanie Sautner, who sent Lohan to jail last month for neglecting her community service requirements. But this time around, the judge seemed pleasantly surprised to learn that Lindsay was taking her community service seriously.

"You have actually done the work," Judge Sautner told Lohan, according to Entertainment Weekly. "And not only done it on time, but early."

Following her last stint in jail (all four hours of it), Lohan, 25, was ordered to complete 12 days of community service and four psychotherapy sessions by Dec. 14. Now that she's accomplished that much, she'll have to do 12 more days of community service (i.e. janitorial duty at the L.A. County morgue) and four more sessions by Jan. 17. If she successfully repeats this cycle of community service and psychotherapy in January, February and March, then her probation will finally be over on March 29. But every month, she'll have to come before the judge to evaluate her progress -- because Judge Sautner believes that without regular court hearings, "she won't complete anything."

"I'd like to believe she would, but I think she likes to come here and see me," said the judge. "I think that's a motivation for her."

As a reward for good behavior, Sautner declared that Lohan can now leave the state of California for reasons not related to work -- as long as she's completed her 12 days. (Not that this has stopped Lohan before. Her recent trip to Hawaii was allowed because she convinced her probation officer that her sister Ali's birthday was a holiday).

"Any month you've completed 12 days early, you can travel," said Sautner (via E!). "For pleasure, for any purpose... to go to a spa, whatever she wants to do. Whatever anyone else is allowed to do."

We like how she added that last part, just in case Lohan decides to rob a bank or something. ("You said 'whatever she wants to do,' your honor!")

"You're doing well," Sautner concluded. "I'd like to see that continue."

Overall, this sounds like it was a rare positive experience between Lohan and the legal system. Judge Sautner has demonstrated that she's not afraid to throw the book at Lindsay, so for her to admit LiLo's "doing well" is high praise indeed.

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