Office of the Public Defender

The San Diego County Public Defender's Office was established in 1988 by a county resolution and has since evolved into one of the finest in the nation.  In 2009, the County of San Diego consolidated indigent defense services (Public Defender, Alternate Public Defender, Office of Assigned Counsel, Juvenile Delinquency & Multiple  Conflict Office) into one office.  There are office locations throughout the county.


Henry C. Coker
Public Defender of San Diego County

We provide quality legal assistance to individuals charged with a crime in state court 
who are financially unable to retain private counsel. 
Mental health and juvenile court matters are handled by special units within the office. 
Our office proudly reflects the diversity and high level of commitment necessary for our mission.  

San Diego County Public Defender
Administrative Offices
450 B Street, Suite 1100
San Diego, California 92101

Our Mission
"To protect the rights, liberties, and dignity of all persons in San Diego County and maintain the integrity and fairness of the American Justice System 
by providing the finest legal representation in the cases entrusted to us."






The Public Defender delighted to inform you that Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., today announced the elevation of Matt Braner and Selena Epley to the San Diego Superior Court bench.

Matt has been with the office since August of 1989. During his tenure he worked in the Vista, El Cajon and downtown branches. For the past five years, he has been the head of our writs and appeals division.

Additionally, Matt has been the point person from our office for realignment, even before it was enacted. Matt is a hard-working and innovative legal thinker whose intellectual abilities as an appellate lawyer is known and respected statewide. He will be sorely missed.

Selena Epley joined the office in September 1995. During her tenure, she has served as a trial lawyer in CMU, juvenile delinquency, central felony and South Bay. Selena is a highly skilled and tenacious litigator. She is extremely good on her feet and quick witted. Most recently, she served as assistant supervisor of central felony team A.

In addition to her trial and supervisory work, Selena has been involved in working on cutting edge technological improvements to enhance courtroom presentations and she also established a mentor program for new and misdemeanor lawyers.

We wish Matt and Selena well as they enter this new chapter in their careers.   






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