It looks like Lindsay Lohan has come to appreciate Judge Stephanie Sautner's strict, no-nonsense attitude, which Lohan credits for saving her career.

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According to TMZ, sources close to Lindsay revealed that although she didn't like the judge in the beginning, the actress later realized Sautner was a blessing in disguise, and believed the judge played a part in helping to get her act together.

LiLo, who was once falling seriously behind in fulfilling her community service, was scolded by Sautner in the courtroom and was told that if she didn't complete her hours, she would go to jail. The judge and Lohan's attorney, Shawn Holley, created a rigid structure for Lindsay, which required her to appear in court each month to report on her community service progress.

Lohan's hard work is paying off, as producers are seeing her improvement and are now willing to give her a shot: she will host "SNL" on March 3rd and is in talks to star in a new Elizabeth Taylor biopic.

The 25-year-old is due back in court today at 10 AM and is expected to receive another stellar review from her favorite judge.

Lindsay Lohan's Courtroom Attire Through the Years

February 22, 2012

Lindsay looked stunning in a pastel, form-fitting dress and heels at her Los Angeles court hearing on Feb. 22, 2012.The actress received another glowing report from Judge Sautner, who said, "Miss Lohan, you're in the home stretch."

January 12, 2012

Lindsay Lohan arrived to the L.A. courtroom looking conservative in black slacks and a sweater.The blonde actress was commended by Judge Stephanie Sautner for staying on track with her probation requirements.

December 14, 2011

Lindsay Lohan, who returned from her travels to Hawaii the day before, headed in to court in L.A. for a probation hearing.Lohan toned down her courtroom look, arriving in brown slacks and a conservative cardigan.According to the hearing, Lohan is in compliance with her probation requirements, having completed five sessions with a therapist and 120 hours of service at the county morgue.

November 2, 2011

Lindsay looked stylish in a black, polka-dotted dress as she appeared in court for her probation violation hearing. She was carrying a red Chanel purse and a Giuseppe Zanotti pair of high heels.The actress was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

July 21, 2011

Dressed in a low-cut, floor length black dress, a jacket, and $1200 four-inch Madame Butterfly black booty Christian Louboutins, Lindsay Lohan walked into court looking as fashionable as ever.

October 19, 2011

Lindsay Lohan opted for a feminine look, donning a white dress, gold shoes and a gold Chanel bag. The actress was handcuffed and taken away for violating the terms of her probation, after the hearing.

June 23, 2011

Lindsay Lohan headed back to court on a possible probation violation -- and was let go on a technicality.In her most conservative outfit yet, Lohan has chosen black slacks with a blue button up blouse accessorized with a Chanel handbag.

April 22, 2011

Once again arriving in style to court today, Lindsay Lohan opted for a more conservative look with navy slacks from Lanvin (vintage), her top from Wolford, accessorized with a scarf and Fendi bag.The actress showed up for a preliminary hearing to determine if there's enough evidence to put her on trial for felony theft regarding the necklace Lindsay allegedly stole from Kamofie and Co.

March 10, 2011

Lindsay Lohan topped her last courtroom number in this body-hugging Raquel Allegra nude dress, Chanel shoes, Christian Dior shades, and some jewelry loaned (loaned!) by Judith Ripka.

February 9, 2011

Perhaps the best-known and most controversial outfit Lohan wore was her skintight, seductive white dress. The 24-year-old was in court for a felony grand theft arraignment concerning the necklace she reportedly stole.

February 23, 2010

Sticking with her mostly black and white court attire color scheme, Lohan wore white slacks and a low-cut top for her hearing.

October 22, 2010

About to enter the courtroom again for violating her probation, the actress chose an easygoing look and opted for jeans and a black blazer over a v-neck shirt.

September 24, 2010

Looking quite ladylike in a white skirt, the starlet arrived to the courthouse for another probation hearing.

July 20, 2010

Casually dressed in jeans and a black blazer, Lindsay arrived to the courthouse to get cuffed and transported to jail.

July 6, 2010

The actress chose an all-black ensemble for her probation hearing last summer.

May 24, 2010

The actress makes another trip to the courthouse in a sexy suit and hoped to get the judge to ease up on the terms of her probation.

October 16, 2009

Dressed like a rock star in a white blazer and black pants, Lindsay Lohan made an appearance in court for a progress report on her 2007 drunk driving case.

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