By Daily Mail Reporter
No time for alcohol ed: Nicole Richie in Australia last week
A judge has extended Nicole Richie's probation - because she's been too busy with her children to complete the court ordered programme.
Richie, who found time for a long-haul flight to Australia last week to open a shopping centre for a rumoured £117,000 fee, was put on probation back in 2006 after being convicted of a DUI offence.
She was arrested after driving the wrong way down a Los Angeles freeway.
Her probation was due to be terminated next month but her lawyer went to court in Los Angeles today and told the judge Richie has not been able to complete the programme.
Lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley told the judge the reason for Richie's absence and failure to take the required number of alcohol education course was simply down to having two children, according to TMZ.
Richie went ahead and got programme-approved leaves of absence in order to deliver and care for two-year-old daughter Harlow and nine-month-old son Sparrow.
The judge extended her probation until March, 2011 and said he would terminate her probation earlier if she completes the alcohol education program before March.
The alcohol education report also gives Richie high marks, noting: 'Her attitude is excellent.'
She's got her hands full: Nicole with son Sparrow and daughter Harlow in March
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