I can fully relate to your jury duty childcare concerns, as this same type of situation happened to me.
The Judge was completely lacking in understanding of my circumstances when I asked to be deferred because I was taking care of my 2 young children and had no family or friends who could help out. He made me feel like a *criminal* for asking!
I have since learned that there are quite a few states (and even U.S. territories) that have or are considering family friendly jury duty laws (about 30).
Typically these laws have provisions for parents who are breastfeeding, taking care of a young child full-time, and/or are the sole caregiver for an elderly or disabled relative.
There is a website dedicated to family friendly jury duty legislation at: http://www.familyfriendlyjuryduty.org
This site has a lot of helpful info for parents who are caught in this bind.
It contains resources such as:
*Guidelines on what to do if you’re called for jury duty and have family obligations.
*"Hall of SHAME” stories of law-abiding citizens who are mistreated by our Courts for living up to their family responsibilities!
* An extensive listing of states that have family friendly jury duty laws.
* Arguments in favor of “Family Friendly Jury Duty” laws
* Information on how to enact compassionate jury duty legislation.
* Endorsements in favor of this legislation from attorneys, legal experts, family organizations, senior organizations, news columnists, and more
Jury duty IS an important civic duty and privilege, but it can WAIT because taking care of our young children and dependent family members is even MORE important!
I hope this info helps....