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Smiling Britney Spears Attends Court Hearing

UPDATED 01/22/2010 at 07:50 PM EST Originally published 01/22/2010 at 05:30 PM EST

Smiling Britney Spears Attends Court Hearing
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An upbeat Britney Spears went to court Friday with her father for a hearing in her ongoing conservatorship case.

The judge wanted to see the pop star face-to-face for a progress review since her father took legal control of her affairs following her mental breakdown two years ago.

Lawyers for the singer also sought court permission to auction off her 2008 MTV Video Music Awards dress to raise money for Haiti earthquake relief, as part of "property no longer useful for her estate."

Spears "is very enthusiastic about the idea for a donation to Haiti," her court-appointed attorney Samuel Ingham told the judge, adding that the singer "is appreciative of the extra time and effort" showed by the court in her ongoing case. The judge approved the dress donation.



The singer, 28, wore a gray jacket and black skirt with her hair dark brown and long with a few blonde streaks. She entered the courtroom at 1:45 p.m. from the judge's hallway door following her father, Jamie.

Spears smiled at Ingham as she stood at the attorney table next to him. After Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz took the stand, Spears's conservator lawyers requested to seal the courtroom because the hearing involved personal medical information.

The judge granted the request and ordered reporters and other audience members to leave for most of the two-hour session.

Experts say it's normal procedure for the judge to want to check in with her. However, Spears won't regain control of her own life until she proves to the court – backed by doctors' opinions – that she's able to manage her own affairs.

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