A Dutch court is deciding whether a 14-year-old girl should be released from state custody so she can try to become the youngest person to sail solo around the globe.
Child welfare authorities are seeking a two-month extension of Laura Dekker's guardianship.
Since she was made a ward of the state last year, Dekker has been trying to satisfy concerns for her safety and welfare.
Last weekend she made a solo trip to England and back — 22 hours each way — to show her command of her small yacht and its seaworthiness.
Her lawyer says Laura has obtained a first-aid diploma and has been getting accustomed to lack of sleep. Arrangements are being made for her schooling.
The court in the southern city of Middelburg is making its announcement Thursday.