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May 28, 2015 05:50 PM

After nearly eight years in and out of the court room, Lindsay Lohan can finally say good riddance to probation.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Young ruled on Thursday that the actress – who was not present at the hearing – has completed her mandatory community service hours stemming from a 2012 reckless driving case, according to the Associated Press.

“I am very grateful to those at Brooklyn Community Services, Duffield and The Ali Forney Center for welcoming me into their services and allowing me to finish my court ordered Community Service hours,” Lohan tells PEOPLE in a statement.

She also thanked her attorney, “Shawn [Holley] and everyone involved for having faith in me and supporting me in getting the job done.”

In court on Thursday, Judge Young reportedly praised Holley, who’s represented the star in this and previous court cases, for getting Lohan to complete her hours in recent weeks.

And it truly was a race to the finish line.

Earlier in the month, the 28-year-old’s lawyers admitted to Young that their client had logged only 10 of the remaining 125 hours she was ordered to complete in February. This left the actress with just 16 days to finish the remaining 115 hours of service.

But, as Lohan posted to Instagram on Wednesday, “hard work pays off.”

“I look forward to working with The Ali Forney Center and BCS in the future,” the actress tells PEOPLE of the community service centers she worked with in Brooklyn.

“Thank you for the inspiration,” she added. “Clean slate. Fresh start.”

And Lohan didn’t waste any time kicking off the celebration. She was spotted at JFK airport on Thursday and is heading to Nice, France, according to a source, who says, “She is meeting up with friends.”

With reporting by K.C. BAKER

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