SACRAMENTO — A controversial plan to shift vacant judgeships from the Bay Area to the Inland Empire was nixed as part of the $122 billion state budget deal unveiled late Thursday by the governor and legislative leaders.

Democrats on the budget conference committee who reviewed details of the compromise at a late-night hearing said reallocating positions from Alameda and Santa Clara counties to San Bernardino, Riverside and other superior courts with enormous caseloads made no sense in the long term.

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