Joni Mitchell may be well enough to leave the hospital soon but will not be able to work with doctors on decisions about her medical care or long-term treatment, an attorney told a Los Angeles judge on Monday.
In response, the judge has appointed Mitchell’s longtime friend Leslie Morris as the singer’s conservator, placing her in charge of Mitchell’s health care decisions once she leaves the hospital. Morris has been seeking authority to make care decisions for Mitchell in the absence of 24-hour doctor care.
Morris’s attorney, Alan Watenmaker, said Mitchell’s impending release was one of the reasons why his client should receive emergency conservator powers. Mitchell was represented by an attorney who agreed that Morris should be named conservator.
“I believe that it is very necessary,” Rebecca Thyne, Mitchell’s court-appointed attorney, told Superior Court Judge David S. Cunningham III.
Mitchell and Morris have been friends for more than 40 years. Morris’s conservatorship is temporary and she will have no control over Mitchell’s finances.
Mitchell’s current condition and prognosis were not revealed at the hearing. The singer has been hospitalized since being found unresponsive at her Los Angeles home on March 31. The most recent update about her condition was posted on JoniMitchell.com on April 28, saying she is “not in a coma…but she comprehends, she’s alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected.”