If it were her prerogative, you'd think Britney Spears would have downed her lingering legal woes faster than a Frappuccino.
But the wheels of justice move slowly, and the pop princess has other things to concern her.
While Spears plots her latest comeback—her new album Circus is coming to town Dec. 2, her 27th birthday—her army of lawyers deployed to various courthouses in Southern California today to attempt to tidy up her docket.
First up, attorneys representing Spears and her temporary conservatorship overseen in part by father Jamie turned up in downtown Los Angeles to meet behind closed doors to haggle over legal bills stemming from the case.
"Lawyers for [Britney] were in chambers for about an hour and a half. Two items were filed but sealed," a court clerk tells E! News.
No word on exactly what financial matters were being debated. The bills have piled up in recent months, however, with her lawyer, Laura Wasser, alone seeking as much as $100,000 for representing Spears during the last three months ($33, 037.19 for June and July and $60,075 for work performed in August).
Spears did not attend the session. The next court date in the matter is set for Sept. 25.
Nearly 20 miles away in Van Nuys, meanwhile, a pretrial hearing was scheduled with regard to her misdemeanor charge of driving with an invalid license.
Earlier this month, Superior Court Judge James A. Steele refused Spears' petition to dismiss the year-old charge, leaving the door open to a trial which could start as early as October.