Judge orders expert evaluation after listening to Britney Spears discuss conservatorship

Britney Spears Friday spoke in private to the judge overseeing her 11-year conservatorship after the Los Angeles courtroom was cleared of spectators. (Photo: Chris Pizzello, Invision)

After listening to Britney Spears and both of her parents speak in an unusual court appearance, a judge has ordered an expert evaluation of the 37-year-old singer’s situation, the Associated Press reported Friday.

The courtroom was cleared of members of the public and media Friday before Spears and her parents were brought in through a side door to discuss her conservatorship, which has put control of nearly all of her affairs in the hands of her father, Jamie Spears.

After the hearing, Judge Brenda Penny ordered a so-called 730 expert evaluation, a competence examination that is usually used for parents in divorce cases.

It’s not clear whether the examination relates to Spears’ relationship to her two sons or her parents’ oversight of her.

Penny says in her order that both Spears and her parents agreed to the evaluation.

Britney Spears appeared in court at her own request to speak to the judge.

When the doors re-opened after the judge had cleared the courtroom for Spears to speak privately, the room was empty. Spears was brought in and out of the courthouse via back doors and side entrances, and only a few determined fans and passers-by caught glimpses of her.

The singer doesn’t normally attend hearings on her conservatorship, which gives her father and various lawyers power over much of her life.

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