Since Court Reporting, both freelance and official, requires active participation in some form, there are certain people who may prefer not to have to interact with the public.
The ability to work from home and do captioning can be very attractive. The use of an encoder allows for the input of captions on a television screen as the proceedings are in progress with only a few-second delay. Other relevant equipment is necessary.
The Captioner must have a speed of at least 240 words per minute because you cannot stop the speaker or the proceedings. Additionally, there is needed training to learn how to caption for the viewer, which is not the same as a verbatim proceeding in a legal setting.
Captioners can be paid a salary or by the hour.