Lindsay Lohan, right, with her attorney, Shawn Holley, is all smiles during… (Michael Nelson / Pool photo )
Lindsay Lohan was all smiles in court Wednesday as a judge heaped praise on the starlet for being on schedule with her community service and even promised to end her probation as early as February.
"Miss Lohan, you have actually done your work," Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner told a beaming Lohan.
In the last month, the actress served her required 12 days of community service at the Los Angeles County coroner's office and one more than her four mandated therapy sessions — requirements that the judge imposed on Lohan for violating her probation on a jewelry theft conviction and a 2007 conviction for driving under the influence.
"You are doing well and I would like to see it continue," Sautner told Lohan. "The morgue seems pleased as a morgue can be."
Sautner, who in previous hearings expressed impatience with Lohan's behavior, told the "Mean Girls" star she could end her probation in February if she completes her required total 60 days of community service early.
The judge told Lohan that once she finishes her 12 days of work each month, she can leave the state or go wherever she likes for business or pleasure.
"We have the holidays coming up. You can travel to see your family," Sautner said.
Lohan must now complete an additional 12 days at the morgue and four therapy sessions by Jan. 17, when she is due back in court.
Lohan's attorney, Shawn Holley, asked whether the actress could skip her next court appearance and allow her to appear instead. The judge said no.
Last month, Sautner sentenced Lohan to 30 days in jail and ordered her to complete her community service at the morgue, where she is working as a janitor. The jail time amounted to a matter of hours.
Lohan admitted in court to violating probation by missing required workdays and appointments. She missed 12 of 20 scheduled workdays at the Downtown Women's Center imposed in May after she pleaded guilty to the theft of a necklace from a Venice jewelry store.
Minutes after Lohan left the Airport Courthouse, Holley appeared with a black package wrapped in a white bow, a gift from one of her most high-profile clients.
"I hope it's not a signed copy of the Playboy," Sautner quipped, referring to Lohan's recent nude spread in the magazine.