Britney Spears asks to address court over conservatorship case

Britney Spears asks to address court over conservatorship case

A judge grants request for the singer to speak in hearing about her long-running guardianship case.

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A lawyer for Britney Spears says she has requested to speak directly about her conservatorship in court.

The singer's father, Jamie Spears, was granted control over her personal and business affairs in a court-ordered conservatorship in 2008.

The order was originally granted after the star was hospitalised amid concerns over her mental health.

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A documentary released earlier this year has sparked renewed scrutiny over the arrangement.

"My client has requested a hearing at which she can address the court directly," Samuel Ingham told the court on Tuesday, adding that his client had "asked that it be done on an expedited basis".

The judge set a hearing date for 23 June.

It is unclear if Spears will appear in person and, if she does, what she will say.

The singer has previously indicated through lawyers that she no longer wants her father to oversee her personal affairs.

What is the legal arrangement?

Jamie Spears was originally made his daughter's temporary conservator after she was admitted to hospital for psychiatric assessment in 2008, following a series of public incidents that raised concerns about her welfare.