You could be waiting a few weeks for a hearing date realistically. I know it's hard, but try to keep yourself busy in the meantime to distract yourself from your worries and you will get the date eventually. Hopefully I am wrong.
In regards to the translation service, it's not something I'm familiar with personally.. I would phone Child Law Advice. You can find their number via Google. Ask them everything you've asked here. They are very knowledgeable with most stuff and have answered a lot of queries for me. If you can't get through to them, as their lines are generally jammed at the moment, you can book a call back for £20 or so, which might be worth doing. They give you 30 mins to ask whatever you need, so might be worth doing and line up any questions you have for them ready to go.
semifinalist87 wrote: If you Google 'accredited court transcription' it brings up a load of different companies offering certified transcription. If that's what you mean?
Yes I have found many but they all say they are certified without saying what certification they have, furthermore I can't seem to find what makes a translation "court accredited". I'm getting quotes around £150. Don't want to pay then find out can't be used because the company certified themselves
maybe you could get a 2nd opinion from another solicitor. have a free consultation. you never know this transcription may not be required. solicitor may be trying to make a real meal out of your case. you may be able to hire a direct access barrister that could help with evidence gathering.
Always better to be over-prepared rather than under-prepared.
Yep, Cafcass love a good CAO application. As for the PSO, I didn't think Cafcass would get involved with mine, but they have done and it's slowing things down as they usually do. Hopefully they don't need to get involved with yours as your case it's much more urgent than mine.