Britney Spears has escaped testifying in her ongoing battle to win permanent restraining orders against three of her former companions - a judge has declared she is not fit to take the stand.
The star's father, Jamie Spears, who has been appointed conservator of her estate, took to the courts earlier this year (Jan09) in a bid to extend protective orders against former manager Sam Lutfi, lawyer Jon Eardley, and ex-boyfriend Adnan Ghalib.
A Los Angeles judge last month (Mar09) granted the restraining order against Ghalib, which will be in place for three years.
But Lutfi and Eardley are still contesting the case in court, with Eardley filing papers demanding the singer testify at the hearing.
Eardley, the attorney Spears allegedly hired to fight her conservatorship case in 2008, argued that if the Toxic hitmaker is well enough to perform a major tour, she should be able to attend court and give evidence.
But Eardley's request has been denied by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Akiva Bobb, who upheld a previous ruling on Tuesday (21Apr09) that states Spears isn't mentally fit to make her own legal decisions.
The judge told the court, "There was a finding of a judge of the Superior Court that she lacks the capacity to testify."
Temporary restraining orders against the men were extended until April 28 (09), when the judge will hear rebuttal arguments before making a final decision.