PEOPLE who own properties beyond their means can lose them to the state if they earn them through corrupt and illegal activities.
This will be done through the new, unexplained wealth provision under the Proceeds of Crime Amendment Decree 2012.
The provision, a new element for Fiji, is intended to be used in the fight against corruption.
Former High Court judge Nazhat Shameem said in such cases, properties would be transferred to the state.
"This provision was introduced last year but came into effect this year," she said.
"Those who get themselves tangled into this provision will lose their properties be it cars, houses or other properties and it is intended to take profit away from illegal and corrupt activities.
"This provision has been passed in a number of countries around the world.
"There hasn't been any unexplained wealth provision in Fiji and so it's a new provision. It is a provision intended for fighting corruption.
"It has been used in countries where corruption might be high risk factor and those countries are worried about the effects of corruption and the atmosphere whereby people can gain corrupt sums of money without explaining where it was coming from.
"This provision doesn't only include public officials but for everybody in Fiji."
Ms Shameem said if evidence proved properties were gained through corrupt and illegal activities, the properties would be transferred to the state.
"The Fiji Intelligence Unit has assisted in the process and I think Fiji could have introduced it under the situation where someone has high valuable properties and assets yet earn low income and they don't explain how and where they get the money from for such properties."