When Caesar was a praetor , he supported a tribune who wanted Pompey recalled to restore order in Rome.
Recall that legal procedures of the chthonic tradition were essentially open ones; there were no barriers such as the praetor of roman law or the chancellor (keeper of the writs) of the common law.
Once again, elections were held for aedile, praetor , quaestor and the other traditional offices of the Republic.
Quaestors, praetors , and consuls were often employed after their year of office at Rome as ‘pro-magistrates’ to administer the provinces of the Roman empire.
As an individual aged he could expect to hold increasingly senior posts: the quaestorship at twenty-seven, praetorship in his late thirties and the consulship at forty-two.
Other magistracies, the aedileship and the tribunate of the plebs, might be held between quaestorship and praetorship , but were not obligatory.
After his praetorship he defeated Spartacus, but Pompey, after crucifying many fugitives, claimed credit for the victory, deeply offending Crassus.
In fact, the praetors had to ‘bow to the will of the senate’.
One of the greatest attractions of the praetorship and consulship was that they conferred imperium, which gave the bearer the right to command armies.