Matthew Wechter

Profile Supervising AttorneyPretrial and Community ConnectionsSan Diego Public Defender

Matt Wechter is the Supervising Attorney for the Pretrial Advocacy and Community Connections (PACC) Team at the San Diego Public Defender. This new team has been formed to address client needs early and often after arrest through arraignment, and to establish CBO and county partnerships to assist with client stability after release in the pretrial phase. Matt is a Member of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense, an Advisor to the Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, and an agency member of the County of San Diego Alternatives to Incarceration Workgroup. Lastly, Matt administers the San Diego Homeless Court Program and Homeless Court Pop-up Resource Court – a national recognition model court in the community that resolves cases/recalls warrants for those that participate in community programs to address the root causes of their justice-involvement. In these roles, Matt acts as a liaison between the Public Defender, Superior Court operations, District Attorney, City Attorney, Probation, and other agencies to develop large-scale, collaborative systems to handle the large numbers of cases. At heart, Matt is a process efficiency and technology junkie – leveraging high-tech solutions where appropriate – to support productivity with tight resources, and to serve as many clients as possible for success.