The meeting of the Catalan Superior Court lasted more than four hours, during which 25 complaints and 7 lawsuits were presented against the Catalan authorities. However, this decision does not carry any punishment for Artur Mas, as well as his vice President Joana Ortega and Education Minister Irene Rigau, all accused of disobedience.
On November 9, Catalonia went ahead with an informal independence vote after opinion polls showed the vast majority of Catalans to be in favor of the plebiscite. A total 2,3 out of 5,4 million residents of Catalonia who were eligible took part in the referendum. More than 80 percent voted for independence. The Spanish government dismissed the vote as unconstitutional and filed complaints with the constitutional court.